I did not listen to a lot of country music in the 80s or 90s. There were some country artists that crossed over that I would listen to such as Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, etc. So, when I first heard “Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle, I assumed that was the first single he’d ever released and just considered him a new artist at that point. I’ve assumed that since 1988 up until just a few minutes ago when I looked him up on Wikipedia and discovered he had released 6 Top 40 country singles prior to “Copperhead Road”. And, “Copperhead Road” didn’t even chart on the country charts, instead it was a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart. One other thing, the record label lists the A-Side of this record as being 5:48 long which would be over 1 minute longer than the album cut if it were true. Alas, it isn’t true, it’s only 4:29 in length, same as the album. The b-side is an edit that runs 3:59 in playing time. Despite the disappointment of discovering the track time on the a-side was wrong, this is still a great song and well worth a listen.
Label: UNI/MCA Records
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
The A Side:
The B Side:
Copperhead Road (Edited Version) 3:59
The Billboard Charts:
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|Top Rock/Album Rock Tracks
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